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Firework in Red

Firework in Red
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-24 8:59
Viewed: 3585
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows
- Zygaena filipendulae
- family: Zygaenidae
on a pink flower (Dianthus spec.?, Caryophyllaceae).

Z. filipendulae is a common species of the genus Zygaena.
Distribution: Europe except western Spain and northern Fennoscandia, Caucasus, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.
Several subspecies have been described, those of the south Alpine valleys is called ssp. stoechadis. It is large, 5- to 6-spotted on the forewings and has a pronounced hindwing border.
Foodplants of the caterpillar: Lotus corniculatus, Lotus uliginosus and Dorycnium pentaphyllum.
Forewing length: 15 - 18 mm.

- bright natural light
- ISO 200
- handheld

* Naumann C.M., Tarmann G.M., Tremewan W.G. (1999) The Western Palaearctic Zygaenidae. - Apollo Books, Stenstrup.
* Racheli T. (1990) Sinossi degli Zygaenini Italiani. Roma.
* Bertaccini E., Fiumi G. (1999) Bombici e Sfingi d'Italia (Lepidoptera Zygaenidae, Vol. 3. Natura - Giuliano Russo Editore, Monterenzio.
* Aichele D., Schwegler H.-W. (2004) Die Blütenpflanzen Mitteleuropas, Vol. 2. Franckh Kosmos-Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Polunin O. (1980) Pflanzen Europas. - BLV Verlagsgesellschaft, München.

Alex99, XOTAELE, fartash, uleko, nirmalroberts, MMM, jrobertop, Patleboss, phlr, Juyona, ramthakur, jjcordier, anel, Silvio2006, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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Hola Peter.
Hermosa composición, con unos detalles geniales.
Buenos tonos y nota.
Saludos. JL.

Hello Pater
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect details,pose and exposure,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Hi Peter,

Beautiful shot with excellent sharpness and fine details
Great compo, colours and DOF

TFS Thijs

Hello Peter,

Very nice composition and the sharpness is perfect as usual.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-24 9:52]

Hello Peter,
Brilliant capture of this Burnet on a beautiful Dianthus (D. deltoides I think!)flower. I like your POV and all details are very sharp and colours beautiful. I like the sheen on the wings of the Burnet. Fine background too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-10-24 10:05]

Bonjour Peter
Très belle prise, superbes couleurs, netteté
Amicalement Robi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-24 10:07]

Hello Peter,
This is a very attractive and colourful capture of Z. filipendulae with high technical merits and set in an excellent composition.
But one thing puzzles me: at first sight it looks like there are two burnet moths, but as there is only one pair of antennae this must be an illusion.
Anyway it is a fine image.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-24 10:37]

Hi Peter
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit excellent details.Light and BG are very good.
TFS Michel

Hello Peter,
I am thoroughly enjoying the advantage of being a member of TN. The whole new world of natural diversity is opening up before my eyes. I see it, learn about it, and practically experience it. Thanks a lot for sharing the picture and information about Zygaena filipendulae.
- Nirmal

Hello Peter,
Amazing picture, this insect is realy nice, I hav never see, I like so much his black and red colors, Background and compostion fantastic,
well done and thanks,

Ciao Peter.
Perfetta resa dei colori naturali ed ottima nitidezza dell'immagine.
Le Zigene sono fra i soggetti più fotogenici e la tua immagine ne è una dimostrazione.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-24 14:09]

non poteva mancare il gioiello del giorno,splendida macro molto ben definita e un altro splendido esemplare.complimenti ancora,Luciano

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-24 14:49]

Hola Peter,
espléndido trabajo,
detalles maravillosos,
perfecta macro,

This is one of the most attractive moths in the world, Peter.
The image is very well captured from the top perspective. It shows the insect in its best possible aspect with wonderful refreshing colours.
TFS and regards.

Bonjour Peter,

Encore une très belle composition et une netteté à couper le souffle !

Bravo et merci


Très belles couleurs et prise de vue impeccable de ce petit papillon. Belle composition.

Hi Peter,
A beautiful capture of this moth. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Peter,

Nice compo with an explosion of colors. The focus is very successful and allows to see a heap of details.
Thank you for sharing


Hi Peter.
Splendid capture! Beautiful dark moth!
Excellent colors and sharpness.
Very good POV and wonderful composition.
Shot rich in details.
Well done!
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-25 5:58]

Hallo Peter,
Reiche Beute hast Du heimgebracht aus Italien! Auch hier wieder ein wunderschönes Bild von dieser Zygaena auf einer Karthäuser Nelke. Gute Schärfe und ein schöner Hintergrund, ein schönes, farbenfrohes Bild.
Hab herzlichen Dank

Hi Peter, superb moth and lovely flower with splendid colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, great composition with beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-25 10:10]

Hi Peter.
I like your great series of brilliant macro pictures. This is one is amazing too. Excellent framing o the shot, impressive POV and wonderful reproduction of the beautiful flower and fine moth. The pattern of the petals is fantastic as well as the "silver" of the moth. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-25 11:45]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful moth atop the pink flower. Very impressive sharpness and colours. Great lighting, exposure and DOF. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Very good work, Peter.
Good colours, nice light, well composed,...

Hi Peter.
Magnificent zygaena, good composition, the colors are very bellos.Una beautiful imagen.Un greeting.

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